Dimitri M wrote:
With all due respect Mr.RichardM
, but when you know only the tip of the Iceberg, it would be wise to just relax like most people do and get a better understanding of the situation.
The officer showed up at my house on April 30th asking my wife were I was. So when I got back to the USA on May 7th, I called the officer to see what was the problem. And on May 9th they came back to my house to talk about PEA ISLAND, and showed me some of the YOUTUBE videos of me kiting on Pea Island (ocean & sound). So the 2 officers decided to make an example out of me by giving me this citation, and asked me to let all the kiters know about this
, which I did. And in case you did not know, one of the officers is also a kiter, which made his work even harder but had to do it so he doesn't get in trouble with his work.
I also asked the officer what about SURFING on Pea Island!!!! His response was that it was not allowed either, but was under the radar
like Kiteboarding was until some one decided to land his kite on the power lines.
So in few words, people need to know what kiters are up against. But again you have a lot of loop holes. For example, you can lunch North of Oregon inlet and do a down winder and come out in Rodanthe. This is one of the many loop holes
, and that is the reason I did not want to engage the officer more then I needed to.
So if you want to win a war
you need to be smart and choose your battles
DAMN ! Just when I thought I could give up on this topic, I see your post and am so FLABBERGASTED that I must respond.
First, I agree that it is a good idea to “...get a better understanding of the situation.” Please see my FIRST post on this subject - to which you did NOT respond.
Assuming that you do not have some type of personal relationship with the Officers or someone at the subject authority, for them to come to your HOME
is mind bending. Needless to say, it is unlikely that I would have been as cooperative as either your wife or yourself.
That you apparently accepted such an OBVIOUSLY BOGUS “citation” leaves me speechless.
I suggest that you wonder WHY they “...asked me to let all the kiters know about this
” instead of simply DOING IT THEMSELVES (which is THEIR JOB).
Do you think that it could have anything to do with the fact that what they put on the “citation” is COMPLETELY ABSURD and RIDICULOUS to the point of being UNINTELLIGIBLE?
And that they could NEVER officially spout such nonsense ?
I’m surprised that you even believed that ANY LEGAL restriction actually exists. After all, they had PLENTY of time to not just LIST its number, but even to bring you a COPY.
Please let me know WHERE I can find the OFFICIAL copy of this SUPPOSED “special regulation”.
I assume that you have studied it enough to conclude that it contains “... many loop holes
”. If you would be kind enough to let the rest of us know what they are, I would like to see if they might be enlarged.
While you’re politely letting them know that some subversive extremist (me) wants to SEE the “special regulation” AND the ENABLING authority for its creation,
please ALSO mention that this a$$hole additionally would be interested in knowing what “....under the radar
” means as it pertains to ENFORCEMENT (or LACK thereof) of OTHER supposedly prohibited activities.
Although it is often a good idea to be “... smart and choose your battles
.”, if a person with your qualifications can not even TRY
to win a battle where the “enemy” is apparently out of ammo, stuck in a swamp and mostly brain dead, then your example obviously shows that kiters should NEVER put forth any effort to preserve access.
Personally, I believe that A GOOD OFFENSE IS THE BEST DEFENSE.
Incidentally, on the subject of examples, do you know if the kiter who powerlined his kite was one of your more irresponsible fans ?
P.S. I do not mean to give the impression that I disapprove of all your activities etc. Besides only being somewhat aware of some of them, I have been favorably impressed with your attempts to create kites specifically for smaller individuals - especially women - which could be especially beneficial to the sport.
Malibu Kitesurfing - since 2002
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